The following projects are based at or operate in conjunction with the Women's Center. Each offers a valuable resource to women.
Incest Resources (IR) is an all-survivor, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1980, it was the first organization for survivors of child sexual abuse in the country.
For more information, including upcoming topics for the discussion groups, visit www.incestresourcesinc.org or call the Women’s Center at (617) 354-8807.
Incest Resources provides free support groups and workshops for survivors. IR also has literature, resource lists, and recovery materials available, and provides public education about child sexual abuse as a societal and political issue. Consulting and psychotherapy are offered by its members, who are survivor-professionals with years of training and expertise.
IR provides a free, drop-in discussion group at the Women’s Center for female survivors, including survivors of incest, child sexual abuse, ritualistic and sadistic abuse, and survivors of abuse by clergy and other professionals. The group is facilitated by Elaine Westerlund, EDD, DABPS, DAPA, licensed psychologist, trauma specialist, incest survivor, and the Co-Founder and Director of Incest Resources.
The Survivor Quilt Project was founded in 2004 by Michelle Harris LMHC, ATR-BC, artist, art therapist, trauma specialist, and incest survivor. This unique art therapy and public education project was developed in collaboration with Incest Resources and the Women's Center.
Michelle worked with two groups of incest survivors at the Women’s Center to create representations related to incest that capture the challenges and triumphs of healing from such abuse. Michelle and another artist, whose mother is an incest survivor, also created quilts. The stunning and powerful quilts raise awareness of the devastation incest causes, demonstrate the healing power of creativity, promote public discourse on a subject that remains taboo, and bring hope to victims.
The five thematically-related quilts created thus far have been collectively exhibited as “Incest Survivors Speaking Truth to the Next Generation.” The quilts will continue to be shown at community events and art exhibits. Click here to view the quilts, get information on upcoming exhibits, and learn more about the Survivor Quilt Project.
For questions or comments, please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Survivor Theatre Project was founded in July of 2008 by theatre artist and survivor Melissa Penley, MA to provide survivors with a creative experience for healing and outreach. The Project was developed in collaboration with Incest Resources and the Women's Center in response to a deep need for survivors to bring their voices to the public discourse, to increase access to the performing arts, and to expand public awareness about the realities of sexual violence.
During the course of 18 theatre workshops, participants build an ensemble, learn theatre skills, create an original short play, and prepare the play for performance. The extended workshop culminates in theatre performances and post-performance dialogues with attending audiences.
The Survivor Theatre Project offers sexual trauma survivors a direct link to the performing arts and a chance to learn about and experience their own creativity and growth; a unique therapeutic approach to healing and empowerment; and an opportunity to be involved in activism on sexual violence.
The Survivor Theatre Project is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cambridge Arts Council, and the Puffin Foundation.
For more information go to www.survivortheatreproject.com or email Melissa at email@example.com